Serena Williams playing in front of a capacity crowd on Thursday night at one of her favorite venues put an end to Simona Halep’s Miami Open run by defeating her in three sets.
The win for Serena, 701st of her career may have come as some-sort of redemption for the American as she had to pull out of the last match-up between the two at Indian Wells just last month due to knee issues. Williams took the first set 6-2, breaking the Romanian’s serve twice along the way while also serving out 2 aces in the set.
The second set turned out to be a much tougher affair as both players split the first 8 games on serve before Halep capitalized to break Serena and then holding her serve to wrap up the set 6-4. Williams’s first serve percentage dropped down to 40% in the second set which allowed the World No 3 to get back into the matchup, to much delight of the crowd present at Stadium Court.
However, Serena responded right back in the early stages of the third set, holding serve, then breaking Halep and then holding serve again to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Later in the set, holding a 5-3 lead over the Romanian, Serena had the opportunity to serve out the match. But was unable to get past Halep’s strong defense and things were square again at 5-all with the Romanian holding serve in the following game and surprisingly, the crowd was rallying for Halep throughout which got Serena frustrated.
However, Serena got past her frustration held her serve and then broke Halep to close out the set 7-5 finishing up a tormenting match in 2 hours and 8 minutes.